Monday, September 18, 2017

It Came from Annabelle's Dark Tower


VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
FANTASY/ACTION

PLOT:  A visual epic adventure.

                This movie is hard to describe but it is a beautiful looking film.  Major Valerian (Dane DeHann, Chronicle, and Amazing Spiderman 2) and his partner Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevinge, Suicide Squad) are agents who get involved with a perfect planet that may or not be extinct.  It is based on comic books in France in the 70s.  DeHann doesn’t look like the hero type for the film and Delevinge is always tough. They are like two teenagers in space suits instead of talented operatives.  Singer Rihianna is great as Bubble, an artist who is really fantasy stripper.  Commander (Clive Owen, Shoot ‘Em Up) is interesting but his hi-tech robots are even better!  It is lovely but empty.  If you can wait for video-wait.

IT: CHAPTER ONE
HORROR

PLOT:    An evil being shaped like a clown comes to a town every 27 years in Derry, Maine.

                Stephen King wrote this novel in 1986 and was turned into a scary mini-series in 1990. Mini-series was popular at that time but a horror mini-series was very rare.  Now they have made a movie about Pennywise, (Bill Skarsgard) the Dancing Clown.  The movie and the mini-series still don’t tell the entire story of this thing called IT.  If you are very interested read the book.  Skarsgard’s Pennywise is CREEPY!  His wicked presence is felt through the movie.  He doesn’t talk much but what he does to scary the kids is just awful.  The seven kids are very brave, funny and a few curse a lot.  It has made much money so that means sequel and in the sequel they are adults.
  
DETROIT
CRIME DRAMA

PLOT:    The true story of a hotel incident in 1967 in Detroit where cops killed black men.

                Detroit in 1967 was a tense place to be if you were black.  Curfew at nine black folks scared of cops.  The movie is very hard to sit through for you see mostly white racist police humiliating black men and women.   The acting is very good. Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow can’t get a break.  She won the Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker but even winning the award it still didn’t make any money and this movie didn’t either.  Whites are tired of being the bad guys and black people are tired of being victims.  The film is worth watching for after 50 years to some there is little change.

THE DARK TOWER
ACTION/SCI-FI/WESTERN

PLOT:  Young man draws people from other worlds.

                The film is based on the popular books from popular horror author Stephen King.  Jake(Tom Tyler) draws people from other worlds and family and friends thinks he is mentally ill.  He comes to realize there is another world besides the one he lives in and Walter a.k.a. Man in Black (Mathew McConaughey) is after him for he can destroy the dark tower in that world and he can take over our universe.  The only person that can stop him is Roland a.k.a. Gunslinger (Idris Elba) who can load his guns as fast as he can shoot them.  The movie could have easily been an episode of Dr. Who.  The action is great.  I believe the books are much better than the movie.  The back story of the film is more interesting, it was suppose to be a movie then a limited (mini-series) then back to a film.  I believe it would have been a better mini-series on Netflix. 

ANNABELLE: CREATION
HORROR

PLOT:  The origin of the doll Annabelle.

The film tells the story of how the doll became evil.  It is sloooow but when it does start to move it does move!  It makes sense to the fans that saw Annabelle.  A doll maker loses their daughter in an accident and he designs the doll in her imagine but supernatural lurks in their scary house.  Many things don’t make a lot of logic but if you like these kinds of movies go.  Stay for the post credit for it shows the “creepy nun.” 

HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:    A top bodyguard has to protect an assassin so a dictator will go to prison.

                OMG!!  The concept is crazy and the cast is great.  It stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) who has to protect Samuel L. Jackson (who is in every other movie) a hitman.  The action sequences are amazing-almost cartoonish but fun.  Jackson and Reynolds curse a lot and they each have many flashbacks about their lives.  The lovely Salma Hayek is Jackson’s wife and Elodie Yung (Gods of Egypt, Electra in Daredevil) is Reynolds girlfriend.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 Summer WrapUp Pt2



WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SCI-FI

PLOT:    The third movie of the series.

                The virus is spreading for the humans and they are turning into voiceless animals while the apes are becoming more intelligent.  Caesar is trying to remain neutral and peaceful but the Colonel (Woody Harrison) thinks that apes must be killed at any cost.  Caesar wants revenge at any cost and it ends in an explosive conclusion.  This is the best film franchise I have ever seen!  I don’t really like the old Planet of the Apes series but I like this.  There are a lot of subtitles only because many apes use sign language but when the action does come it is fast and furious!  If you liked the last two you will enjoy this one and it might be the last one.
  
BABY DRIVER
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:    Young, talented getaway driver wants out.

                This film is like teen Transporter and a 109 minute MTV video!   Baby (Ansel Elgort, Divergent) a young man who can drive a car is in debt with crime boss Doc ( Kevin Spacey) and he thinks he does one last job and he is done.  Doesn’t happen then things get more complicated when he falls in love with Debora (Lily James Pride Prejudice and Zombies) who works at a diner.  Bats (Jamie Fox) is a crazy criminal and Jon Ham (Mad Men) becomes a driven killer. It is very stylized crime drama with a great soundtrack.  If you want something different this movie is it!

ATOMIC BLONDE
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:    A MI6 must find “The List” at any cost.
               
                Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a spy and she has to use her intelligence, her seduction and fighting skills to retrieve a microfilm with a list of spies.  Plot is not important but style and action is!  Theron could be the female James Bond!  The fight sequences are AMAZING.  She can give a beating and take a beating as well.  David Percival (James McAvoy, Split) is always good as an ally to Lorraine and the underrated but talented John Goodman (Kong Skull Island) as Emmett Kurzfeld, a CIA agent working with MI6.  It is not as action-packed as the trailer but when the action does come it is fast and brutal!  It is good but not good as the trailer!

GIRLS TRIP
COMEDY

PLOT:  Four successful black women go to New Orleans to have fun.

                The fabulous four Sasha (Queen Latifah), Ryan (Regina Hall), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) have marital problems, financial problems, man problems so they decide to go to Essence Music Festival to relive old, good times.  It is Bridesmaids dipped in chocolate!  It is funny, outrageous, raunchy and at times so poignant.  All the leading ladies are great but Haddish stands out as foul mouth, loyal fun-loving woman.  You have seen this all before but never by African-American females.  If you like this kind of movie you should see it.! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 Summer WrapUp Pt1


ROUGH NIGHT
COMEDY 

PLOT:  Five college women get together after ten years with zany results.

                You know the story college people get together after years apart and try to relive the old days.  The five are Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoe Kravitz), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Pippa (Kate McKinnon).  Alice tries to make a fantastic bachelorette weekend for her best friend Jess but everything goes terrible wrong.  It is like Hangover and Weekend at Bernie’s only it is female.  It is vulgar too but some of it is funny and very funny but not often.  If you like these kind of raunchy comedies you should see this –if not you can wait a couple of months until video. 

DESPICABLE ME 3
ANIMATED

PLOT:  Gru is back!

                Gru is now a good guy who works for AVL (Anti Villain League) who can’t defeat child star Balthazar Bratt who never got out of the 80’s.  He cracked and now he decides to destroy Hollywood after he got to be a grown man.  Gru also finds out he is not an only child but has a twin brother with hair and his yellow minions leave him. It sounds very dramatic but it is very funny.  It is so imaginative how they use the music of the 80s to tell the story.  A few raunchy parts but mostly good.  For kids and grown-ups! 

SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Another reimaging of Spiderman


                People who love comics and superhero movies know the story of Spiderman but this one a little different.  Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is smart but also a superhero by night.  Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is his mentor and gives him an amazing suit and he uses it to stop the Vulture (Michael Keaton) so he won’t sell hi-tech weapons to gangsters. The little differences are no origin how he got his powers, no mention of his Uncle Ben and the villain is not his nemesis. It has what a summer movie should have lots of humor, lots of action and an exciting ending.  Robert Downey Jr. was born to be Iron Man, Tom Holland was born to be Spiderman.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sleight of Rap Last Knight



SLEIGHT
CRIME DRAMA/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Young black man trying to support younger sister sells drugs.

                OMG, this is not your typical superhero movie.  It is about Bo (Jacob Latimore, Maze Runner, Ride Along) a smart student who takes cares for his sister.  He does magic tricks on the streets but sells drugs to make a living.  He wants to get out of the business especially when he has a steady girlfriend but his boss Angelo (Dule Hill West Wing, Psych) won’t let him. 

Actor Hill is vicious as his employer who always wants to be obeyed and respected. Bo is moving up but he has to do worst than sell.  He really does have superpowers but you don’t see that until the end. It is a strange but delightful mix of drug drama and science fiction.  The shocking part they didn’t advertise this film very much which is strange since WWE Studios the wrestling company produced it. It is low-budget and the hero is African American.  It gives you a taste until the big budget movie Black Panther comes along.  It is worth watching.


TRANSFORMERS:  THE LAST NIGHT
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Optimus Prime turns evil to bring Cypertron back with a mystical object.

                Humans and robots are at war and Optimus turns bad and must retrieve an ancient relic to bring back his planet even if earth is destroyed in the process.  Story not the important part in the fifth film of the series. The action and the special effects are.  The ending is amazing.  I enjoy the franchise but not like I used to.  Optimus is not the movie most of the time. The most is of course the ending.  He is the leader of the Autobots and he is good.  Small spoiler he does let loose when he is bad.  They need to really let him have an evil opponent to he can go full destruction!  If you enjoy this series you like this one.

ALL EYEZ ON ME
BIOGRAPHY/DRAMA

PLOT:  The incredible short life of rapper, actor, poet Tupac Shakur.

                Tupac (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) wanted to be more than a rapper; he wanted to change the world with his music.  It is a rags to riches story-gangster style.  It is not as good as Straight Outta Compton but it is not bad. Newcomer Shipp portrayal as Tupac is very good, Danai Gurira (Miichonne, Walking Dead) who plays his mother, Afeni Shakur is excellent!  Also outstanding is Dominic L. Santana as ruthless, rich producer Surge Knight.  The movie isn’t doing as well as many thought it would maybe because of some parts might be false but I hope it makes you want to read about this rapper who did so much in his life before gunned downed at 25.



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Curse of the Baywatch Mummy


THE MUMMY
ACTION/ADVENTURE

                PLOT:  Treasure hunter finds an evil princess who wants to destroy the world.

                                Nick (Tom Cruise) is ex-military finds a tomb that belongs to Ahmant (Sofia Boutella, Star Trek Beyond, Kingsman: Secret Service) a wicked being who wants to conquer the world or destroy it.  She also picked Nick to be her lover. The movie is the (hopefully) beginning of Dark Universe from Universal, a movie company known for monsters and creatures.  The movie is a popcorn movie!  It is not Oscar winning cinema so why treat it as such.  It is not a reboot of the Mummy franchise with Brendan Frasier.  It is a good movie for a summer flick.  It is not doing well in the U.S. but better overseas.  If you like Mummy films in general you should see this; if not just wait. 

BAYWATCH
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:  Reboot of the TV series of the same name.

                When you watch this movie you MUST do suspension of disbelief.  If you like the series you will like this but it has curse words and crude, sexual humor.  If you can deal with that then you will enjoy this film.  The women are beautiful and Dwayne”The Rock” Johnson and Zac  Efron are hulks.  The villainess of the movie is Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) and she is pretty good at being bad.  The film is doing terrible in America but very well overseas.  If you can deal what I wrote before go see it but if you can’t –wait.  I believe it will do better on video. 

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT
THRILLER/SCI-FI

PLOT:  A sick social experiment where people in an isolated office building have to kill or be killed.

                This is the office version of Battle Royale, where teens have to kill each other or be assassinated.  It is a B-movie but it has stars you have seen before like Tony Goldwyn (TV show Scandal), John C. McGinley (TV show Stan Against Evil), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).  The film came out at the wrong time!  It is a bloody, violent movie about human nature must survive no matter the cost!  It is a fascinating downer and I hope that it does better on-demand, video and streaming for it is worth a viewing.


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